By Tasha Friedman

During Hridaya Yoga Modules, we offer our students an opportunity to participate in a sacred transfiguration ritual, where we practice Shiva/Shakti Adoration through steady and soft eye gazing revealing Shiva (Divine Masculine) and Shakti (Divine Feminine), followed by deep meditation on the Spiritual Heart.

Transfiguration is the art of turning the familiar into the extraordinary. In our transfiguration ritual, men and women practice seeing each other as embodiments of Shiva and Shakti, the divine masculine and divine feminine, or Pure Consciousness and Universal Energy. We watch the whole Universe dancing in each other’s eyes.

How often do we look at the world and see only what we expect to find? Can we learn instead to experience reality as it is, in all its freshness and beauty?

It’s just a question of going beyond our own patterns and limitations, the perceptual filters that we usually project outside. Dropping the mind that tells us that things (and ourselves) can only be a certain way and nothing more. Remembering the wild magic of life. Then, at last, we can meet the world with open eyes.

Tasha is a Hridaya Yoga teacher. You can read more of her posts here.